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Monday, December 24, 2012

Buy and Blog: Family Dollar

Hello, my Pretties!

A whole two months and a day ago, October 23, to be exact, I made a trip to my local Family Dollar.  I can't remember what I went in for but I know what I bought.  Lots of makeup goodies!  I love to check out the cosmetics section of random dollar stores.

It must have been a pay day because I bought a lot!

Family Dollar Haul
Not bad for $11!

You all know I just had to buy this one here:

L.A. Color Jumbo Eye Pencil

CP401 Sea Shells

I heard these were going to be good and very comparable to the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and if this one was anything like Milk, then I'd of hit the beauty jackpot!

As you can see from the swatches below, the pigmentation at first swipe is great.  It loses some of it as you blend it out but that's to be expected.

Aside from the price point, the only way I see this differ from the actual NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is that Milk is creamier, Sea Shells was a bit drier and a tad bit harder to blend out.

NYX JEPs are, what, $3.50?  So, you save a couple of bucks.  Not a bad deal at all.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, I'm a sucker for eyeshadow palettes.  I am!  I'm horrible.  I see a palette and I want to buy it automatically.  I don't know why.  It's a sickness.

I had never heard of this brand, Modesa.  But hey, it's an eyeshadow palette and the colors looked pretty and the price was right so I nabbed it up right quick.

Modesa Essential Beauty Kit

When I got home and opened it up, right off the bat, these shadows reminded me of the Profusion eyeshadows.  I'm not complaining.  Profusion eyeshadows are dirt cheap and work really well.  I have a few Profusion eyeshadow palettes.  Shocking, right!  Haha. own it!

And here are all 39 eyeshadow swatches.  I applied them on my forearm without a base, primer, or foundation.
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And here are the 3 blush swatches.  I think they can be used as a high light, blusher, and bronzer.

Blush 1

Blush 2

Blush 3

I can always count on my dollar stores to have an assortment of L.A. Colors for me.  I do enjoy most of the L.A. Colors line.  Eyeshadows are a definite hit and miss for me but I love their lipstick, lip glosses, and nail polishes.

Even if I think their shadows are hit and miss, I always pick some up because you never know if there is a jewel in one of their palettes.  Besides, the price is painless.

L.A. Colors 12 Eyeshadow Palette

I have a palette just like this in the blue/gray scheme but I don't know where it is.  I don't think I ever even opened it.  Oh well.  I also already had this palette.  You see, I have so much that I never remember what I have and end up buying doubles.  So I gave the other, unopened one, to my sister.  She said she loved it and uses it every day.

Here are the swatches.  These swatches were also done on my forearm without any primer, base, or foundation.

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I can honestly say that this palette did not disappoint.  Some of the lighter shades are pretty darn light but I use those for high lights.  This one is one of my most used palettes of the moment.  I guess if I had kept up with my MONTHLY FAVORITES POSTS, this one would have appeared on my list of favorites for sure.

Finally, we come to the end of my fairly decent haul.  These are the 3 L.A. Colors brand nail polishes I picked up.  There are always so many nail polish colors to choose from but this is what I picked out that day.

L.A. Colors Nail Lacquer

NP376 Berry Red

I bought this red in hopes that it would be an awesome classic red for the upcoming holidays.  (Christmas is tomorrow!  Yay!)  But I was slightly disappointed with this one.  It's a bit sheer.  Not sure if you can tell from the swatches but it has more of a jelly finish.  I was hoping for a creme finish.  Creme finishes are my favorite.  Nonetheless, it's still pretty.

Swatch.  Two coats.

NP382 Party Girl

I'll admit, I grabbed this one because of the name.  Party Girl!  Haha.  That's me.  Heh, I wish!  But it did turn out to be a really cute color!  It's a bright hot pink with purple glitter flecks.  Nice.  It's definitely a party color and will look great in the summer.  Just look at how the glitters sparkle and reflect in the sunshine!
(I apologize for the overly bad
Swatch.  Two coats.

NP385 Splendid

And well this one, this looked too cute not to buy.  I am a fan of purple.  I am a fan of shimmers.  This had both.  Much more understated than the other two but just as impressive.  Quickly became one of my new favorite nail polishes.

Swatch.  Two coats.

And scene.

Haha.  That's it.  No more.

Before I go, let me just wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I doubt I will be around tomorrow to do a Christmas post for you all.  You know how flaky I am.  I post once and disappear for a week or more.  Haha.  So just let me take the time right now to wish you all of the best.  Have a super safe and happy holiday no matter what you celebrate, where you celebrate, or with who you celebrate.  I wish you all nothing but happiness and love.


♥♥ All products mentioned in this blog post were purchased by me with my own money.  These are my own thoughts and honest opinions. ♥♥


  1. a friend of mine has this Modesa shadow and I cant find where to buy it anywhere... any ideas?

    1. Hmm, I don't really know. I'd try any dollar store you can find. I have only seen these at the dollar stores but to be honest, I haven't seen one in a long while. I hope you find it!

  2. I saw it on sale around christmas for 5 buck then 2 monthes ago i saw it was liek waiting for me im short so i asked the store manager to reach it for me and he did i didnt have a price so he rang it up and it said 2 dollars so he sold it to me for a dollar and said my took the other one for his daughter. I reall like them and use them often. Cant find a better deal!!!

  3. What a weird coincidence - You wrote that Christmas eve 2012 and now its Christmas eve 2014! That's crazy! I was just googling the Profusion Essential Beauty Kit (exactly the same as Modessa) and saw your post. This shadow is awesome. Anyway, this is such a crazy coincidence Exactly 2 yrs to the day. Lol have a nice day :-)

    1. It is a strange coincidence! Crazy because I haven't blogged in so long and reading your comment definitely made me want to start back up again. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


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